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Peter Dombrovskis (2 March 1945 – 28 March 1996) was an Australian photographer, known for his Tasmanian scenes. In 2003, he was the only Australian photographer inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame.
Dombrovskis was born in a refugee camp in Wiesbaden, Germany of Latvian parents. The protégé of noted wildlife photographer and activist Olegas Truchanas, his photographs of the Tasmanian Wilderness—particularly in the annual Wilderness Society calendar—brought images of once remote and inaccessible areas of the State into the public realm. Dombrovskis founded West Wind Press in 1977 and later went on to print calendars entirely of his own work featuring incisive commentary from pre-eminent environmental professionals.
His most famous photograph was Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend, Franklin River, which some commentators believe played a part in the victory for Bob Hawke in the 1983 federal election. The photograph portrayed a section of the Franklin River which was to be submerged by the proposed Franklin Dam and spearheaded the visual appeal of the Franklin River in the contentious 'No Dams' campaign of 1982. Dombrovskis later co-authored with Dr. Bob Brown a splendid example of his skill in photographing the Gordon River and the Franklin River in his book, 'Wild Rivers' of 1983.
His works are represented at the National Gallery of Victoria, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the Australian Heritage Commission and in private collections.
- National Gallery of Victoria
- "International Photography Hall of Fame". International Photography Hall of Fame. 2004. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
- Angus, Max (22 April 2004). "Tasmanian Yearbook 1998". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
- "Peter Dombrovskis". Australian National Herbarium. 13 November 2007. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
- Dombrovskis collection of Tasmanian wilderness photographs, 1978-1995, National Library of Australia, Canberra, a collection of 21 colour photographs
- Gallery of photos by Truchanas and Dombrovskis
- International Photography Hall of Fame inductees
- Australian Broadcasting Corporations Big Ideas - The Terry Lane Interviews - That Photograph, radio documentary about the political impact of the photograph in this article
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